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good morning. protesters in tehran following egypt's lead. but will batons, tear gas, and detentions deter them? also, charlie sheen breaking his silence, talking about his drug use and his future on his hit tv show. we'll show you why this interview is leading to new concerns about the health of the troubled actor. also this morning, man
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versus machine on "jeopardy." a computer taking on two former "jeopardy" champs. we'll tell you who is ahead on this "american morning." wasn't there a terminator movie about this very thing? the rise of the machines? >> only a matter of time. >> i guess so. >> but before we get to the end of the world and judgment day here with these machines, good morning to you all, i'm t.j. holmes, thanks for being here. >> i'm kiran chet rick. we start with the friends of dan henry, the pace university student shot and killed by police in new york last fall. the justice department is now stepping in to investigate after a state grand jury decided yesterday not to indict the officers involved. police fatally shot henry through the windshield of his car in october, claiming that he ran into officers while trying to speed away from a bar fight. brandon cox says it didn't
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happen that way. cox was sitting next to henry in the passenger seat and insists he was following orders from another officer to move his vehicle when he says a police officer jumped on the hood and opened fire. >> the justice system at this time has really just failed us right about now. and just disappointed -- just disappointment is pretty much how you could sum it up. by no means am i deterred from what we're trying to accomplish. i know that there's still a long road to go, and there's still ways we can get to justice, but it was just -- it was just -- it would have been nice to have it start now. my friend was taken from me. unfairly, unjustly, uncalled for. >> cox says he considers himself fortunate to have survived the shooting. >> to d.j.'s henry's parents.
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they say they're not surprised by what the grand jury did. they say the grand jury actually didn't hear all of the evidence, and they are dermtd determined this morning to fight on. we had them here with us last week. listen to what d.j.'s mother, angela, told us. would you expect anything less than a murder charge against this officer? >> no. >> it has to be that. nothing less. no manslaughter. it has to be a murder charge. >> our son was murdered for doing the right thing. he was asked to move his car from one police department and a different officer from another police department killed him. >> coming up, at the bottom of the hour, we will be hearing once again from dan roy and angela henry, hearing their reaction -- actually, we have moved this now to the next hour. forgive me for that. in the next hour of "american morning" you will hear from them both about what they're going to do moving forward. and there is also a developing story out of italy.
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the prime minister will be charged with having sex with an under age prostitute. an italian judge put the case on a fast track meaning his trial is scheduled to begin in early april. also developing this morning, now that the old regime is out of power, the hunt is on for the money in egypt. now asking the united nations to freeze the assets of some former egyptian officials. it is widely believed that the ex president, hosni mubarak and his family are worth as much as $2 billion. much of it in the form of real estate and yachts. meantime, in cairo, the new regime is urging people to go back to work. many remain on the streets, though. thousands of state workers protesting low wages and demanding better pay. >> as we have seen what's happening in egypt spread throughout north africa and the middle east as well, tens of thousands of demonstrate, are defying their government's warning, and they're marching in the streets of tehran anyway. however, they were beat back by
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riot police with batons and tear gas. some of the images here tehran doesn't want you to see. they don't want them to get out. they have slowed down the internet there, making reporting difficult for many journalists. some of the video we're seeing here from youtube, difficult to verify what we're seeing, but believed to be out of tehran. the government has shown in the past, not afraid, to totally crack down and crush an uprising. reports from iran's news agency says some have been killed. also video from the parliament, chanting taking place there. again, people protesting of conditions there, doing this initially in support of what's happening in egypt and tunisia, but also certainly for their own freedom and own rights. and calling for the execution of two leading opposition leaders. also in bahrain, a human rights group says at least one protester was shot in the back and killed. reports of several officers, as well, and demonstrators being injured there. coming up, we'll talk to a guest
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in just a bit about iran's youth-inspired -- or iran's youth being inspired by what they're seeing in egypt. much tougher road, possibly, for the folks in iran. also new this morning, a week after losing a vote to extend three key provisions of the patriot act, republican leaders in the house were able to regroup and get it passed. they only needed a simple majority rather than a two-thirds vote. the bill did pass 275 to 144. the senate now needs to approve the provisions before they expire at the end of the month. to arizona now, where an anti illegal immigration activist has been convicted of murdering a latino man and his 9-year-old daughter during a home invasion that prosecutors say she led. seana ford is her name. you see her there, a former member of the minutemen border protection group which controls the border for illegal
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immigrants. prosecutors say she and two ack accomplices planned the invasion thinking they would find drugs and money in the home. she could get the death penalty. the victims were both american-born citizens. one investigation is now under way after authorities found a dead body in a pest control truck along interstate 59 in florida. they made the discovery yesterday after the driver of the truck and the child became overcome by chemicals inside the vehicle. they were both rushed to the hospital in serious condition. hazmat teams were called, and that's when they found the body. it was inside of a bag. so far, no one has been charged. authorities have searched that man's home. after his sex scandal, tiger woods promised to come back and be better to the game. more respectful. well, he's been fined for that. did you see what he just did? yep. tiger woods let go of a lugy on the green. this was at the dubai desert classic on sunday, the 12th
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green. the european tour says this is a breach of tour code of conduct. yes, it may seem like it's a very minor thing, you're outside, and you spit. but this, for the rules of golf, this is a very ugly thing to do. and one of the commentators even called this, and i'm quoting here, one of the ugly evident things you will ever see on a golf course. he says someone is now going to possibly come behind tiger woods and putt through his spit. now, the amount of the fine here is not yet known. tiger woods did speak on this. he did set up a twitter feed after his whole sex scandal, and he did take responsibility. let me read it for you here. it says, quote, the euro tour is right. it was inconsiderate to spit like that, and i know better. just wasn't thinking. and want to say i'm sorry. >> one of the ugliest things you can do? i don't know. if it wasn't tiger, if it was a maybe no-name golfer, i don't know if there would be this big of a hubbub about it. >> it's golf. these guys live by a different
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set of rules. you're supposed to behave differently. >> and in golf the green blazer is considered attractive, i get it. it is a different set of rules. >> it is a different set of rules. let's get a check of the weather headlines. rob marciano. hey, robby. >> thinking of, you know -- they're live. it may have looked green, as well. the consistency, the trajectory of that spit may have something to do with how people were offended. so -- >> yeah, it was there. >> you don't want to be putting through that. good morning, guys, in golfing weather, places that, you know, are under snow. just a week ago. unbelievab unbelievable warm-up across the mid section of the country. but the northeast and northwest still in wintry weather. very much so, as a matter of fact. blustery day again today in the northeast, although it won't be quite as windy as yesterday. and there won't be much in the way of showers across the north country. but it be on the chilly side. temperatures today are going to kind of hover where they are right now, upper 20s and lower 30s.
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so you won't see that warm-up today. but tomorrow i think you will. and then on the west coast, this number of strong disturbances rolling in there for high winds, rain and heavy mountain snow. 71 degrees in dallas. it was -- well down to the teens and single numbers last week with snow on the ground there. so i was trying to get some of that warmer air across the northeast, but that's not coming until tomorrow month and thursday. we'll talk about that in the next 30 minutes. back to you. >> thanks so much, rob. still coming up, people still trying to break down the president's spending plan. his budget plan came out yesterday. we'll tell how you some of his proposed cuts may hit you at home. and also the charlie sheen interview you don't want to miss. he's not sorry. in fact, he says crack is okay if you can handle it. he gave a very bizarre and quite long interview on the radio. we'll play some of it coming up. and could a computer beat two of the all-time best "jeopardy" champs? well, that computer is being put to the test. we'll tell you how it's doing.
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14 minutes past the hour right now. we're talking money and budgets. exciting stuff. maybe it doesn't sound exciting, but affects all of us. president obama's money team is getting ready this morning to try to sell this thing, this 2012 huge budget proposal to congress. and today treasury secretary tim geithner, white house budget director, jacob lou and health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius will all get the chance to make the administration's case for the spending plan, a plan that includes more than $1 trillion to try to chip away at the deficit. you can't cut $1 trillion in spending without affecting somebody. and a lot of somebodies. you, maybe. we'll bring in christine romans here now. and again, this is just a proposal. it's a request, a long way to go. >> that's right. >> but still, people are talking about a lot of things that could affect just about all of us. >> i think it has to go through
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40 committees, 20 subcommittees. this is a long, tortured process. but if a budget is a reflection of the values and the goals of your president, than here is what you've got in here. there are a lot of different proposals. these are just a few. want to talk about the mortgage interest deduction. a lot of you have been asking about this. the president again proposing to cut the mortgage interest deduction for the richest americans. a 30% cut in itemized deductions overall for high earners. these would be households that make $250 thousand or more a year. if you were notice 33% tax bracket or 35% tax bracket, this is who the president is targeting. the real estate industry already moving against this. someone at the national association of realtors yesterday told me they don't think this is going to go anywhere, because you can't hurt the housing market when it's so fragile. and i said, look, these are high-income earners, not everybody. they say it all trickles down, and some people think it's a slippery slope to taking away your mortgage interest deduction for the middle class, as well. they don't think it's going to go anywhere. next thing.
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low-income heat assistance. this is something that many people say prove this president is serious, because he's angering people in his own party, cutting $2.5 billion out of energy aid to low-income americans. when you look into the details, you know that this is just cutting money and putting it back to 2008 levels, a time when home heating oil prices spiked. so it's not as dangerous maybe on the surface as it would appear. but even jacob lou yesterday on this program admitting it would hurt some people, maybe a lot of people who would lose their home heating oil aid there. and finally, airplane tickets. if you are a traveler, the president's budget, if enacted as it's written, would affect you. there is an option to raise something called the passenger fee to $70. that means if you were going from new york to atlanta to denver, for example, that would be $21, potentially on the cost of your ticket. of course, the travel industry, you guys, doesn't think this is a good idea. included in that is cutting some big airport subsidies by about $1.1 billion. adding in the option of adding
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this revenue-raising fee for other airports, not very popular among traveler groups. >> there's a lot of things that aren't popular and you hear from the gop we need to cut more. >> and none of this -- the three big drivers of the debt, medicare, social security, a lot of cuts, programs that many people say should be eliminated, completely eliminated. but you're right, republicans say we need to go farther. and deficit hawks say we haven't gone and touched everything that needs to be touched. >> christine, thanks so much. former first lady barbara bush poking fun at her husband, president george h.w. bush, on an interview with her granddaughter jenna bush. the president started to cry when he was reading one of their old love letters, and that's when the former first lady compared her to current speaker of the house, john boehner. look. >> on the street, and new york, i love you. >> i love you, too.
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>> why are we such cryers? >> you know what? you could be speaker of the house. >> that's pretty good. >> it's so adorable. i mean, when you see people that have been married that long and they can still bring each other to tears with their love, that's the true value entiny's day spirit. 66 years they have been married nearly. >> that's a nice valentine's day moment. >> adorable. i like that. >> all right. also coming up, you remember those chilean miners who stayed under ground about three months? we're getting more insight how they were able to survive down there. that's coming up. also ahead, no more nightmares on the tarmac. if you're stuck on a plane without food or water, crying babies, backed-up toilets, the passenger bill of rights is headed to capitol hill. will it change anything? we're going tore more on that. when i grow up,
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21 minutes past the hour right now. the dramatic rescue of the 33 trapped chilean miners, of course, captured the world stage. we watched it live here on
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"american morning." the real story, though, is what supposedly happened half a mile under ground during all that time. and there's a new book out called "the 33" and it really brings you there to the harrowing details to what happened. the author claims to make their ordeal a little bit more bearable. the author is claiming in the book that marijuana was smuggeled down in letters to their family, that the miners also reportedly requested blow-up dolls, but they were denied. in the book, the miners also admit to contemplating suicide and even cannibalism. the most shocking revolution, it claims the rescue video feed was dubbed with old footage at times to cover up embarrassing incidents. well, it is a face-off of impact. a battle of wits. man versus machine. ibm researchers created a smart computer, and they're putting it to the test against the country's top "jeopardy" winners. >> not the first time we have seen something like this. back in 1997 here, you see the
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world chess champ playing against ibm's deep blue computer. deep blue beat him. jason carroll here. they call him watson. >> watson. >> does he have a more technical name? >> just would watson. did you see the expression? that's how i felt. i know that feeling. it's not a good one. >> but "jeopardy" is so much stranger than doing chess, because you have all the time in the world to make your chess move. with "jeopardy" you have to interact and beat the buzzer. >> >> three seconds you have to answer the question and it is tough. first let's explain what watson is about. ibm researchers, fed watson, encyclopedia's dictionaries, you name, it more than 2 million pages of data. and also "jeopardy" strategy. now they think watson is ready to take on "jeopardy's" best. in this corner, you've got the challenger, ibm's watson as you see there, ten refrigerator-size
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racks of ibm computer servers. and then let's take a look at the other corner, legendary champions ken jennings, holder of the longest winning streak, 74 games, and brad rutter, undefeated champion and the show's biggest money winner. last night, three men -- well, it was two men and one computer, squared off in the first of three nights of competition. how did it come out? take a look. "jeopardy!" the ibm challenge. >> a split personality. >> who is hyde. the last judgment. >> correct. ken? >> what are the '20s. >> watson. >> what are the 1920s? >> no, ken said that. >> what are the 19 teens. >> yes. watson? >> what is zaran. >> that is right. and that puts you into the a tie for the lead with brad. >> well, at least he got a few wrong there, watson got a few wrong. we spoke to ken jennings and
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watson's lead researcher about what it's like to face off against a computer. >> you can't psych that guy out. it's never going to get cocky, never going to get stage fright. it's just implaquable, like the terminator, keeps coming. >> can the creator beat what was created? >> absolutely not. i am one of the worst "jeopardy" players on the face of the planet. not good at all. >> i'm not either. >> yeah. he says one of the worst. i think i'm probably one of the worst. but you know the implications here are that's what you have to think about, because perhaps someday scientists can create some sort of a computer that can help doctors diagnose illnesses, and -- >> right. artificial intelligence. >> exactly. >> so you had a chance to see what it was like to take on watson. how did it go? >> it's not something i like to talk about. >> show us what happened. >> we can take a look at how i did against watson. it was ugly. it was ugly. >> our contestants are jason from cnn, and watson from ibm.
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>> i'll take those animals fright me for 400. >> her pedaphobia. watson. what. >> is reptile. >> watson. what. >> is baghdad. >> correct. watson. what. >> is birmingham. >> yes. watson? >> what is buffalo? buffalo, yes. well, you ran that category, watson. >> i had no idea. >> question mark is not what we were looking for. >> how much did you wager, watson? $26,999, bringing you up to just a dollar short of $60,000. . >> i want you to know i did know a lot of the answers but i couldn't -- >> the buzzer is hard. >> i couldn't figure out how to buzz in. well, that's humbling. >> yeah, we all use the buzzer as the excuse. >> we've heard that a few times here. >> you know what was interesting, there was one category that watson did not do well at, and i didn't either, it was laundry detergent. >> who would?
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>> that was one of the categories. laundry detergent. i could not answer one of then, and watson couldn't either. >> one quick question. i know we have to move on. when alex trebek said, "ken already answered that," does he process any of that? that somebody else answered it the same way, or is that not something he can process? >> i don't think that's something he can process at that particular moment. this is still a work in progress for watson, but even so, you can tell that even being a work in progress, he's still clearly light years ahead of where someone like me is. >> the rise of the machine. thanks, jason. >> all right. ahead on "american morning", a poet, a president, a slugger and oracle all receiving the highest civilian honor in the country. it was a big day at the white house as president obama handed out the presidential medal of freedom. we'll show you big names on the list. also the parents of a pace university athlete shot and killed by a police officer. that police officer now will not face an indictment. that decision just came down yesterday. the parents are here with us,
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we want to get you updated on our top stories. egypt has now asked the united states to freeze the assets of some former egyptian officials. the state department says that the request does not include ex president hosni mubarak by name, but he is believed to have a fortune worth billions, scattered around the world, that
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he built up over his 30 years in power. the presidential medal of freedom is the highest civilian honor out there, and a ceremony will take place today at the white house, and the honey honorees including h.w. bush, warren buffett, mia anglo, congressman lewis, and baseball icon stan "the man" musial will be there. and california congressman mike thompson will introduce the passenger bill of rights act of 2011. it includes the three-hour rule that limits how long a plane can sit on a tarmac loaded with passengers. the government began fining airlines for delays over three hours back in april. but travel analysts say some airlines just started cancelling flights to try to avoid those fines. we want to give you an update now on a story that many of our viewers just reacted to and found heartbreaking. it's the story of the family of
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dan roy henry jr. d.j. was his name. he was a student athlete at pace university, who was shot and killed in october by a police officer outside of a bar. now, police say that d.j. was speeding away, and hit a police officer. that police officer was then on the hood of the car, firing into the vehicle, hit d.j., and d.j. was killed. but d.j.'s parents dispute the police accounting of that incident. they say the son was simply following the officer's instructions, and that another police officer stepped in front of his vehicle. they wanted the police officer charged with murder. but yesterday, a grand jury decided not to indict, and the police officer who shot and killed d.j. did nothing criminally wrong. d.j.'s parents were here with us last week in studio to talk about their hopes for their indictment. they're here with us once again this morning to talk about the reaction to there being no indictment.
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mr. and mrs. henry, done roy henry senior and angela henry, thanks for being willing to talk to us here. first of all, both of you say you're not surprised at all by the grand jury's decision not to indict. why? >> not at all, t.j. in fact, we believe that all along this process was designed to get to a no true bill instead of an indictment. we were prepared for that. it would be naive of us to accept that a police department that knows it has both criminal and civil liability to investigate this fairly. their evidence was the evidence used by the district attorney's office who were their inherent conflicts, both that we experienced and that are just inherent in the process. it would be impossible for us to accept that would be a fair and impartial process. >> am i hearing right? it sounds like you're not taking much issue with those people on the jury, the grand jury. it's more so you don't think they were presented with all of the evidence and all of the facts. >> that's right.
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or the presentation of the evidence and the facts was absolutely ineffective. based on what we know to be the truth, given our own investigation. >> how did you all get the news about the grand jury decision yesterday? >> we got a call from the district attorney. and she just let us know that the decision was made, that there would be a no true bill. and she did offer us an opportunity to come and speak with her if we felt we needed to. >> what was that conversation like? >> it was pretty brief. and i should say that i think it was a courtesy extended to us, not, frankly, in accordance with how we have been treated by that office. i think it was extended to us more because i called last week and asked them to make sure they called us, when this wasn't released to the media. we had a brief conversation. >> i want to share with you all and our viewers here the reaction from the attorney for officer aaron hes, the one who shot your son. and i'll put up on the screen, this is just part of it.
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it says, the tragedy of d.j. henry's death cannot and should not be distorted to pursue an agenda which ignores the sad and painful truth that a 20-year-old man, who by all accounts, was a good and decent human being, made very, very poor decisions that night, and morning, that brought about his own death. this is not the only part of that statement that says, in fact, it was d.j. henry who is responsible for his own death. what's your reaction to hearing that? >> same reaction we had when the chief essentially said the same thing at 10:00 a.m. that morning, hours after our son was shot, blaming him before an investigation had even begun. it's consistent with the script that has been out there, but it isn't true. >> all right. two more -- >> it's not true. >> two more things i want to get to before i let you go. you all said you haven't talked to officer hes, don't know him at all. but from what you have read, what you have heard about him, do you all believe he too is a good, decent human being, that
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maybe made a mistake that night? >> it's possible. it's possible. i haven't really read that much about mr. hes. so i really can't respond. >> you all are pursuing a civil suit now. and the number amount that's been out there is $120 million. nothing, of course, is going to bring your son back. but what now? what does a possible civil judgment against the officer or against that police department, what does it bring you, what does it do to that police department or that officer? >> yeah. look, without accountability, this will happen again. it will happen to somebody else's family, the same way. it's happened before, it will happen again. we always believed there should be both punishment and penalty. a civil judgment would be the penalty. but we're still very interested in the punishment. we still believe that there needs to be a murder conviction here, starting with an indictment. we never believed the indictment would come at the state level, we always thought it would have to come at the federal level. we hope that would happen now. >> i know the justice department, it is their practice
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to look into such cases like this, they are doing so. and we will talk to you all down the road. it seems. mr. and mrs. henry, once again, i appreciate you all being with us. unfortunate that we always end up talking under sometimes the worst of circumstances for you all. but thank you for sharing your story. and we'll talk to you again. >> thank you. >> thank you, t.j. >> all right. and to our viewers, we're going to take a quick break here on this "american morning" 38 minutes past the hour. [music playing] america's beverage companies are working together to put more information right up front... adding new calorie labels to every single can, bottle, and pack they produce... so you can make the choice that's right for you.
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talk. yesterday and this morning. charlie sheen calling into a radio show, giving an interview, actually talking to dan patrick. he ran the gamut when he was asked a lot of questions about his own sobriety, addiction, advice about smoking crack, even. he was open and honest and probably gave his publicist a heart attack. here he is talking about a pep talk he gave to the ucla baseball team. >> i said, "stay away from the crack," which i think is good advice. unless you can manage it socially, dan. if you can manage it socially, then go for it. but not a lot of people can, you know? >> did you think you could? >> sorry? >> did you think you could? >> yeah, yeah. but that kind of blew up in my face. like an exploding crack pipe, dan. sorry. >> well, some people find that funny. maybe he thought he was making a joke, but clearly this a talented guy capable of doing big things on tv and movies and
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his career. he admitted that at some points of the interview. but also said right now his show is on hiatus and he is ready to get back to work. >> but you want to go back to work. >> oh, yeah, man. i'm a man of my word. i have a contract. they said get your act together, and i did. and i just think maybe it was a timing thing, they didn't think it was going to happen this fast. but check it, i heal really quickly, but i also unravel pretty quickly. so get me right now, guys! >> i mean, the reason that it's also disturbing is because, i mean, he -- the show is on hiatus because of his problems with substance abuse. and when he was asked, are you sober, he's like, yeah, right now, and i was sober before for five years, but it was boring. and he also called sobriety inauthentic so there is a lot going on there. and dealing with addiction is tough. we are going to be talking about it later in our show. jane velez-mitchell who wrote a book "addict nation" and dr. sanjay gupta, he hospitalized
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charlie sheen this past couple weeks because of some partying i guess that led to some trouble for him. we're going to ask sanjay about that, as well. still to come, a big warm-up for the northeast. the west coast is seeing some pretty big storms and wind. rob marciano joining us with the travel forecast. >> you hear doctors say it all the time, you want to live longer, got to keep the fiber. but we're not talking about any old fiber. your a.m. house call is coming up. 43 minutes past the hour. uratannjoy the delicious, satisfying taste grmet gravy every day. fay as the best ingredient is love.
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we're on to something when they said eat an apple a day, keep the doctor away. you need to eat more fiber, and not just any fiber. researchers studied thousands of men and women over the age of 50, and they found those who consumed grains had a 22% lower risk of death. they say fiber from whole plant foods appears to provide the most significant health benefits that men should eat around 29 grams of fiber a day, and women should eat about 25 grams of fiber a day. >> i was talking to rob marciano now. rob, have you had your fiber this morning? >> not this morning, but i appreciate you -- >> looking out for you? >> yes. 22%, i guess, you know, that's like when we say 22% chance of rain. a lot of people just kind of roll the dice. i'm going to wash the car anyway. good morning, guys. good day to wash the car as kro the sou south.
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temperatures are heating up, maybe a 20% chance of shower in the mid section of the country. but the northeast and northwest really is where we're seeing most of the action. do want to point out this, to give you some words of encouragement. little rock, arkansas, 73 degrees for record high temperature yesterday. just a week ago, they got about 6 inches of snow and north and west of little rock, they got 2 feet of snow. now they're in the 70s. sat lake city, 58 degrees, wind there, as well. hartford, connecticut, 55. even after a little bit of a snowfall across parts of new england yesterday, not looking for that today. but from seattle again to san francisco, a series of storms out here continue to pummel the west coast. heavier rain and snow and wind. so this will be the case. and some localized areas of flooding across parts of extreme northern california and southwest oregon. wind today, yes, across the north east, not quite as much as yesterday, but blustery enough to cause travel delays. we already have an hour delay at
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laguardia and boston at 30 minutes. other spots -- you're probably seeing more in the way of delays, we'll include san francisco, and philadelphia and boston, daytime highs today will be a little bit warmer than yesterday across the mid section. but just chilly again in new york. 34 degrees. it will warm up tomorrow. check this out. in illinois, this is what you do when the weather finally turns warm warmer. after the snow, you go for a swan dive across the porch deck. unless the railing on the deck breaks. this is where o-- this is where ireports owe note giving us a lot of editorial content, but certainly giving the guys a cup he laughs. >> it's actually -- i watched this earlier this morning, just to see what the heck it was when i saw snow fail. it's actually pretty infectious. they're cracking up, clearly they're having fun. no one got hurt. >> not sure how about fiber is in snow, but that kid certainly
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has his daily fiber worth. >> good stuff, rob. >> maybe he ate too much fiber and that's why he broke the railing. >> could be. launching, yes. see you later. coming up here in a bit, we will be talking to a man live in studio who is attempting to run, literally, from the north pole to the south pole. yeah. he's even going to south pole. 13 countries, 13,000 miles. >> that's got to be tough on the knees. passing the time with porn and marijuana. a new book claiming the real story of what life was like for the chilean miners was very different. what happens in the mine, stays in the mine, unless they write a book about it. 50 minutes past the hour.
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52 minutes past the hour. their actions could be described as heroic, even courageous, but four walmart employees are now fired after disarming a suspected shoplifter who pulled a gun on them. this happened last month at the walmart store in layton, utah near salt lake city. one of the fired workers says they had no choice. >> he looked right at me, and said "the gun is cocked, come on, guys, just let me go. jopt to do this, i don't want to hurt anybody." >> don't make me do this. >> walmart says their actions violated company policy, and put fellow employees and shoppers at risk. so again, they were fired for that. at 8:10 eastern, we're going to talk to two of the fired walmart workers, lori paulson and sean ray. >> in new york this week, a big week. it's fashion week. designers putting what on
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display? their latest -- they go by spring and fall? >> yes. spring and fall. we are now seeing safe to say the fall collection. because i'm always a day late and a dollar short. it's not always what's on the runway but also who is on the runway. a huge amount of competition to be that model for that show. >> that's absolutely right. it can be a hard job. before you say don't feel sorry for the models, it can be a hard job. designers call it a make or break moment. sure, the clothes on the runway are important. but if the wrong model is wearing them, it can be a fashion disaster. that's why casting a fashion show is so important. and if you think models just have to be beautiful, think again. ♪ >> yeah. >> reporter: the glitz, the glamor. fashion's cat walk is where the clothes come alive, and the model is key. >> it's almost like match making. what does this outfit want to go with? what kind of personality. >> reporter: a cut throat,
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lucrative business, where models can earn 500 to $15,000 a show. carola is a rookie. >> this is what you have to do, every day, like nine times. >> reporter: she is on a casting call at the daniel petal agency, competing against 300 other girls for just 35 spots. >> not everyone is going to love you. some people are going to hate you, some people are going to like you. it's just part of the job. >> there are the basics, height, 5'9", beauty, a good walk. and then there is that other trait, like personality? >> you need the energy on the shoot, if you're not a pretty face that's not going to give something back. >> so what are designers looking for? >> certain seasons of designer will say the look of this show is going to be, for instance, there's a sort of sun-kissed look, and we want girls that have freckles and red hair. >> reporter: or blonde or edgy brunettes.
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or this. >> i was just about to go into a cast, and my agency calls me, like, don't go in there, they only want white models. and i was like oh, okay. >> reporter: but this year, she's one of the lucky ones. >> it was such a great feeling. it was like butterflies in my whole body. it was really, really great. ♪ >> carola also walked the dye an von furs ten berg show sunday. a very, very big deal. lots of press, lots of editors. and, of course, the holy grail of modeling is the fashion or beauty contract. you might only get $500 a show on the runway, but you can make millions with an advertising contract like that. you know, there is always the criticism. season after season. the models are too white, they're too thin, they're too young. you know, the models themselves admit, yes, this that is the case. they start 13, 14 years old. the agencies are quick to say we have chaperones with them to make sure they're eating
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properly, sleeping properly. not going out too late and all of that. you know, but the reality is, these designers love those fresh, young faces by the time you're in your 20s, often too old to be on the runway. >> they are, though, thinner than 99% of the population. and they have tried to make a move over the years to say we're not going to accept people that look like they have a problem. but how is that -- >> the council of fashion designers of america has issued guidelines, of course. they want the models to be at least 16. those rules aren't always followed. having said that, there is a strong industry push to make some rules for it. yeah. >> fascinating look. alina, thanks wrench? wrench.
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experiencing some sticker shock at the grocery store, at the mall, pretty much everywhere you shop. in a matter of months, you will be paying more at the cash register for just about everything. who is raising their prices, and why? on this "american morning." and good morning to you, thanks so much for being with us. it's tuesday, february 15th, glad you're with us on this "american morning" i'm kiran chetry. >> and i'm t.j. holmes. also coming up this morning, a lot of people talking about charlie sheen. he says he's ready to go back to work. but he also says crack is okay if you can manage it. just one of the strange things he said in an interview that a lot of people are talking about this morning. >> we're also going to meet a man who plans to run, literally, from the top of the planet to the bottom. north pole to south. two marathons a day for almost a year. we're going to find out how the heck he plans to do it, and most of all, why.
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first, we're talking about how much money you'll end up spending at grocery stores, department stores, for appliances. the things that you need to buy will soon take an even bigger bite out of your wallet. with food, clothes, toothpaste, even refrigerators costing more if they don't already. and in some cases, quite a bit more. christine roman social security here to break it down. you have warned about commodities going up and how at some point this was going to be passed along to consumers. that point now? >> that point is this year. they have been trying to absorb this. look, everyone is frugal. consumers don't have a lot of wiggle room, so they knew they couldn't pass costs on, and went as far as they could and now the companies are telling us they are starting to pass these prices on. why? well, first of all, some low-wage places where a lot of labor is, well, there's labor unrest. and those prices are rising to make goods. also, raw materials prices. there is a freeze in mexico, for example, that means you could see this in your cucumbers and tomatoes very soon. shortages or higher prices there. let's look at meat, dairy and produce.
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i've been telling you about these prices rising, grains prices rising since last summer. meat, dairy, produce, likely to see a 3% increase for those products in the grocery store. cereal. cereal companies saying they're going to start having to pass along prices to consumers, maybe 3 to 4%. this could mean the box of cereal gets smaller, it could mean the price of cereal is more, or fewer manufacturers' coupons, so there aren't the 30 cents or 40 cents off that a lot of people have been relying on to buy a 3 or $4 box of cereal. t-shirts, cotton prices doubled over the past year. t-shirt prices could rise 10%. you could see prices rising for underwear and other clothes, as well. refrigerators, lg will be raising prices this year. whirlpool has told investors it will be raising prices, everything from refrigerators to washers, dryers, because of higher costs to make these things than some of those other markets where they have moved production. also because of higher metals prices. and even things like toothpaste,
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palm oil, some of the ingredients they use in some consumer products have been rising. you can see a 1 or 2% increase in things like that. so the price that you pay for something is the raw materials. those have been rising for just about everything. it's labor, that's been rising in certain countries, where companies have moved labor where they thought it would remain very, very cheap for them. packaging, that's increased. shipping, that's increased. then you have a little piece of profit. that's the whole price thing there. a lot of those prices have been rising. profits have not. and so some companies will start to raise prices. you're going to see it. >> any tips? i mean, buy in bulk? anything? can you buy in season? >> the coupon thing is what gets me. a lot of families that are using a lot of coupons and being smart and frugal ease at thats ruling the world handling their food budget. if you're going to see the manufacturers' coupons, that's going to hit those people. the usda says officially they think 3% food price rise this year. so that's the official target of the government. but people out there are filling
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up their shopping cart, they're noticing things are starting to rise. and big-picture items, too. even shoes. you're going to be seeing shoes and apparel and a lot of things inching higher. companies have to be careful how they do it, though, because we're all still frugal at heart. and a lot of people don't have extra spending money. so you could see people pulling back in some place to say pay for the basics. >> all right. christine romans. >> sure. >> appreciate you as always. the obama administration has tried to push the president's new spending plan. may have heard about this. released his budget yesterday. the treasury secretary will be out, geithner, and the budget director will be out and the health and human services, secretary kathleen sebelius all will go before members of congress today they'll be making the case for the $3.7 trillion budget that includes over $1 trillion in spending cuts. the republicans, as you can imagine, are not too wild about the president's budget plan. they say these cuts at $1.1 trillion don't go far enough. they say it doesn't address
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drivers of the longest term debt, medicare, medicate, social security. eric cantor has said the gop budget, which will be out this spring will address those entitlement reforms. in 30 minutes, our jim acosta will have more about this passionate debate over spending cuts and government priorities. new developments this morning for the parents of dan roy d.j. henry, the pace university student shot by police and killed last fall. the justice department is now stepping in to investigate after a state grand jury decided yesterday not to indict the officers involved. police shot and killed henry through the windshield of his car in october, claiming that he ran into four officers while trying to speed away from a bar fight. earlier on "american morning" henry's father called the grand jury decision predictable. >> without accountability, this will happen again. it will happen to somebody else's family and it will happen the same way. it's happened before, it will happen again. so we have always believed there should be both punishment and penalty. a civil judgment would be the penalty. but we're still very interested
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in the punishment. we still believe there needs to be a murder conviction here, starting with an indictment. we never believed the indictment would come at the state level, we always thought it would have to come at the federal level. we hope it happens now. >> henry has filed a civil suit in the village of pleasantville, new york. the prime minister minister of italy, berlusconi will be tried on criminal charges of having sex with an underage prostitute, and also charged with abuse of power. we're just getting this judge's ruling that the prime minister will have to go on trial. our dan rivers is live for us in italy. dan, good morning to you. what is the reaction of the people so far to this news that their leader will go on trial for a sex crime? >> reporter: well, i think this is going to be the most sensational trial italy has probably ever are seen, if it does go ahead. and there is a full trial. now, i say that because today the judge has effectively
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fast-tracked this case. the prime minister, as you say, has effectively been indicted on these charges. there are a lot of other things that could happen that could derail this trial before we get to the conclusion. the berlusconi defense team has been fighting all the way with this. he has angrily denied the charges, saying they're politically motivated. they're trying to bring in the legislature down in rome, saying that they have already voted in his favor on a related issue. so there's a lot of things that could go wrong in all of this. but the big picture, this is bad news for silvio berlusconi, another strep step to the trial going ahead and it will be sensational. we have already heard a lot of evidence, wiretap evidence of burr loss cony's friends and guests, painted lured picture of sex stories, all of which
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berlusconi's people deny. but not good for his reputation here. >> dan rivers with the latest in silvio berlusconi's scandal. the worst we might have seen yet. we have dealt with sub freezing temperatures, now it's up to the 70s in some parts of the country. a major change in the weather in store for us. let's check in with rob. hey, rob. >> trying to get you guys warmer. today you'll have a brief respite from the warmth, but you'll get it again tomorrow. west coast getting hammered. the satellite picture, a couple storms rolling in, very powerful stuff. the rain is heavy, especially across parts of northern california, winds, as well. high wind warnings for much of the cascades and sierra nevada. it's going to be blustery, a cold front came through, so temperatures are pretty much going to hover where they are right now, if anything. just kind of drop a couple degrees throughout the day today. already we have delays at laguardia airport.
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it's early for this. an hour there. and 30-minute delays at boston. so i think wind is going to hold air travel down just a little bit today. and after the cooldown, some of that warmth that you see in the central part of the country is going to be making its way toward the great lakes and eventually towards the northeast. at least for a couple of days before your next cooldown. so that will be nice. daytime highs today across that warming area will be in the lower 70s across northern texas. 53 degrees expected in kansas city and 40 in chicago. warmer than yesterday. 34 degrees in new york, a couple degrees below average and certainly a few degreesel couper than what you saw yesterday. but the warmth is coming, i promise you. be patient, at least for a couple days. don't get used to it, just enjoy it when it comes. >> good advice. >> we appreciate you, rob. the countdown begins on who will take home the coveted title of best in show. the westminster kennel club dog show kicked off in new york's madison square garden on monday. four group winner also were
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selected as the city's top dog. today we find out the top contenders. between the porch and package entry, one comes out on top. i was going to say she looks a little bit like snooki but the hair-do. cute, right? >> uh, yeah. always wanted to go to that show. they do it what, on christmas? one on christmas day? >> the westminster dog show. this is a big deal. the most surreal thing is walking through the city and seeing, you know, the dog owners, bringing their dogs around, so you get to see all these -- there's more security for those dogs than people. because, you know, some get stolen. >> all right. we'll have the winner tomorrow. i assume. also ahead on this "mamericn morning" could iran be the next egypt? why there is a different road ahead for the protesters on the streets of tehran than cairo.
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protests spreading across north africa in the middle east, and now iran. tens of thousands of demonstrators defying the government warning, and marching in tehran. unverified videos show they were beat back by riot police with batons and tear gas. a whole different ball game there than what's happened in egypt. they did try this before and paid for it with blood. i man sha mean is from the university of notre dame, also taught at the american university in cairo, and that's where he is this morning in cairo. welcome, thanks for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> we showed some of that video, and again, we said this is unverified video from youtube of
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protests and the government response in iran. we all remember back in 2009 when many protesters took to the streets, as well. what is your take on what's happening in iran now? >> look, i think they -- egypt would set us apart to a number of countries in the region that suffer from similar problems that egypt and tunisia had been suffering from. issues of repression, issues of hypocrisy, irus of lack of freedom, and stifling civil society and economic society. so this should not come as a surprise. particularly after the success of the peaceful demonstration, pro democracy revolution in tunisia and egypt. i'm also not surprised by the response from the besiege or the anti riot police in iran, because that's exactly what happened as you said, in 2009. and they tried to force them to suppress the movement, this
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movement at the beginning. but we notice now this movement has not died out. i think it has gathered a storp, and sooner or later, it will go through. >> what are the chances we'll see what happened in egypt? in egypt, the protesters were able to bring down the government, bring down mubarak. can that happen in iran? >> well, the situation in iran, of course, in terms of the political structure is different. you have here a revolution that has been in place for the past 13 years. with all of the oppressive situations. you also have a class of clergy that has managed to infiltrate the society politically, economically, and i'd logically, of course. and also, you have a movement that is a bit fractionalized with different leadership. so what i'm trying to say, it's not impossible, but the movement there is facing some kind of damages there. but hopefully it can address those challenges, and sustain
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and persevere, and bring its values to effect. >> one other question, new developments this morning about the muslim brotherhood, they announced they are applying to become a political party, they want to be a political party, even though they were banned yet tolerated in egypt. how do you see the muslim brotherhood fitting into the new process going forward in egypt? >>el look, the muslim brotherhood is part of the egyptian political society. it has been around since 1928. as we all know, it's one of the best if not the best organized political movement. it's also the most popular opposition. and i think these on the -- some values that this pro democracy revolution has said that it would like to build an all-inclusive, political, democratic system. so that should not come as a surprise, that the developer would try to find a role and
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place any kind of future in egypt. the issue is, i know, that this brings a lot of fear -- it must have been analysts, policy makers, but i think our focus here should be on building safeguards and institutions in egypt, a system in egypt that actually would prevent any power, be it the military generals or the muslim brotherhood or an autocrat, even an individual, from monopolizing power. the focus should be on an institution. focus on institutions and the structures that can promote a healthy and conducive democratic society. and in this case, the muslim brotherhood will be like the other key players in the system, and they cannot always be prevented from monopolizing power. >> can the united states enjoy an ally status, the likes of what the relationship between egypt and the u.s. was before, with some facet of the government being controlled by the muslim brotherhood?
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>> look, of course. mubarak's era i think has been real unprecedented. he has been a close strategic ally to the united states, and i think has been given privileges. i don't expect this to continue. but also, for example, the drastic foreign policy changes are going to take place, like for example, the peace treaty with israel or certain strategic measures that any egyptian government has to provide, like through the suez canal or international treaties will not change. what will change, of course, is the issue of the nature of the relationship, the basis of this relationship. i think it's going to be a -- based on parity, as president obama also hoped for in his different speeches, in the cairo
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speech, it will be based on mutual interests and respect. that's what i expect. >> all right. well, certainly hopefully that will be the case. e eman shahim, good talk to you. thank you so much. >> thank you. you passengers out there, could you finally get a bill of rights? one is being introduced today that is supposed to protect you airline passengers. we'll tell you what rights you might get. and whoopi goldberg was mad yesterday, blasted the "new york times" for leaving her out of an article talking abo african-american oscar winners. we're going to have more, because the "new york times" also responded. 20 minutes past the hour. ♪
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23 minutes past the hour now on this "american morning." we could get a bill of rights, a passenger bill of rights. california congressman, mike thompson, is said to officially
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introduce the air passenger bill of rights act of 2011. now, the main part maybe you want to know approximate here is this would include a three-hour rule. that would be the limit of how long you could sit in a plane on the tarmac without being given the option to get off the plane. the government, you may remember, started fining airlines already for delays over three hours. but that was back in april. this would actually have some meat, some legislation behind it. some airlines, however, since that rule went into place by the federal government, started cancelling flights all together to avoid the fines. whoopi goldberg was all fired up on "the view," blasting "the new york times" for leaving her out of an article of a number of african-american oscar winners. she won for 1991's film "the ghost" and she also was nominated for "the color purple," as well. she said "the times" had some explaining to do. here's a look. >> this omission -- i don't know what to say about what you've
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done. it's just nothing i can say, except that you're sloppy in your work, and you're supposed to be better than this. this is "the new york times," it's not some bozo newspaper from huchi-cuchi land. this is the "new york times". i'm hurt. >> "the times" says the error lies with those who misread the story. the point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an actor. it was to draw a comparison to the number who won prior to 1992 and those since. the story states clearly in 73 years prior to 2002 only seven black actors and actresses won as course. let's turn to charlie sheen. a lot of people talking about him, and a lot of people worried about him this morning. he did an interview with dan patrick's radio show, a syndicated radio show, and among some of the things that caused alarm for some of the listeners, he said that crack is okay if you can manage it socially. that's just one of the things he
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said. he also had some things to say about rehab. take a listen. >> how long have you been sober? >> i've been off -- i'm not in aa. i don't believe in that. it's off and on. you know -- i was sober five years a long time ago, and bored out of my tree and decided this is not authentic and not who i am. like that. i didn't drink for 12 years, and man, that first one, dan, wow. >> as many of you know, his show, which is one of the highest-rated on television, "two and a half men" is on hiatus right now. he says, however, this is the time to get him. because when he falls off that wagon, it's pretty fast fall. but also he says he recovers quickly, and right now he's in that recovery period. literally says you've got to get him while he's good. >> he went to the studio and started knocking on the door, says he's ready to go, and they weren't opening the door. i'm sure there will be reaction to this today, from the studio, as well, and we'll also hear from jane velez-mitchell.
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atlanta. so far, so good. >> that's a pretty shot this morning, too. good morning. nation for being with us. i'm kiran chetry. >> and i'm t.j. holmes. you don't want to hear in this morning. the prices on just about everything you buy is about to go up. we're talking about food to appliances. we have kind of seen this coming. the main culprit here, higher raw material cost. so companies already like kellogg's, brooks brothers, even lg say they're going to have to raise prices to protect some profits. also, we have seen protests pop up in many countries across north africa, in the middle east. well, bahrain is another place where protests have been erupting and now we're getting word they have turned deadly. a human rights group says one protester was shot in the back and killed. reports of several officers and demonstrators being injured there, as well. well, president obama has his budget out for 2012, as we know, and critics say the spending plan fails to make the very tough choices, like taking on the big entitlement programs,
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medicaid, medicare, social security. and, of course, the interest on your debt. our jim acosta is live in washington this morning with more on it. so it's a hard thing to win, you know. >> oh, yeah. >> when the cuts came out, a lot of people were unhappy. on the flip side, a lot of criticism saying we're not going far enough. seems like it's hard for him to win on this one. >> that's right, kiran, but remember the president created a deficit commission but not setting up the recommendeddations from the bipartisan panel. and now if you look closely at the numbers, a bipartisan budget is nowhere in sight. >> if you spend more than you earn, you lose your butt. >> leave it to the famously plain spoken simpson of president obama's deficit commission to boil it all down. he says the president's budget is still drowning in red ink for one reason. politics, as usual. >> it ain't going away. this is a stink bomb in the garden party. >> yes, the $3.7 trillion budget
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for 2012 would reduce the deficit by $1 trillion in ten years. but $7 trillion would still get tacked on to the national debt by the end of the decade. while the president is talking tough about cutting spending for domestic programs like billions for college financial aid, and billions more to help the poor pay their heating bills -- >> it will mean cutting things i care deeply about. >> the white house is steering clear where the real money is, popular entitlement programs like medicare and medicaid. >> i guess i would say debt on arrival, d-e-b-t on arrival. >> and then congressional republicans who laid out their plan. the gop is reluctant to touch defense spending. >> the truth is that cuts of that level will be detrimental to america's national security. >> so everybody is protecting their turf here in washington. now, these budget proposals in washington reflect the fact that there is a presidential election next year. the result is a national debt
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that could rise from $14 trillion to get this over $20 trillion in the next decade. and if you listen closely, kiran, in the nation's capitol, that's the sound of the deficit can getting kicked up and down pennsylvania avenue. >> i know. it's politically difficult. and still not happening. jim acosta for us this morning, thanks. >> you bet. coming up, we hear all the time people will run for charity, walk for charity. well, one guy is taking this to the extreme. literally running across 14 countries. from the north pole to the south pole. we'll talk to him here in studio in just a moment. also, another good news update about the health of congresswoman gabrielle giffords. we're going to be filled in by sanjay gupta with the latest on her remarkable recovery. 30 minutes past the hour.
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36 minutes past the hour now. it is a mission to mars, kind of. the european space agency sent two of their volunteer astronauts for their first mock mars walk on monday. it is on a simulated sand pit at a station in moscow. they performed experiments on its surface.
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it's all part of the project mars 500 project. the six-member crew is sealed up in a pretend space ship for 520 days. wow. researchers are trying to understand the psychological effects on astronauts who may someday make that real-life mission to mars. t.j.? >> well, kiran, now to the ultimate run for charity. pat farmer is what they call an ultra marathoner, a former federal minister of australian parliament. he is hitting the ground, running for a good cause. the goal is to raise $100 million for the australian red cross. he's going to try to bring some clean drinking water to developing countries. but this is not just some marathon he's doing or marathon or two. this is the ultimate marathon. take a look at this trek. it begins literally at the north pole, and ends in the south pole. he's going to run through north america, central america, south america, going to end up somewhere in antarctica, we think in february of 2012.
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he is in studio with us this morning. ooh! you are in some good shape, i take it. >> hey, t.j. i am. i've been aclimb advertising here in new york with the snow through january. >> so you've been -- what's that process like? >> well, it was interesting. on christmas day, i was surfing out at the beach in sydney. and then to make the contrast between there to come over here and then pull a couple of tires around in the snow over here and train in a marathon a day in central park, new york, that's brought the temperatures down about ten degrees less than what i was used to. and then i'll move on into canada. it will be another ten degrees less. and then i'll move toward hunt island, another ten degrees less. so i should be able to deal with minus 40 and 100 kilometer an hour winds in the north part. >> okay. this is pretty -- this sounds pretty dangerous, quite frankly, some of the conditions. >> yes. >> are those the most extreme, the cold temperatures you're worried about? >> it's the cold, it's the polar bears. i understand they're pretty hungry that time of the year, as well. >> can you outrun a polar bear?
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>> no, i don't have to. i just have to out run the cameramen. >> who is going on this trip with you? i know you'll be documentinging, you said a camera man. i assume you need a medical team. >> there will be a medical team i'll take on board from yellin, i think, canada, down the southern into south america. and from there, i'll fly across and into the south pole. and when i leave the north pole, i'll fly across. >> okay. let's leave that map up for a second. but so people can see the trek. but give me an idea of your daily schedule. this is going to be going on for 9, 11 months? >> 11 months. this is 13,000 miles. 11 months. i will do two marathons every day. there are no days off. >> how do you deal with that? >> it's amazing what the human body can do if you train it right and treat it right and you have the right mental attitude. and you have the reason to do what you're doing. and we all need purpose in our lives. >> you're telling me, you're not
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going to get a saturday or a sunday, you're not going to take a break or a day here or there. >> no. i understand that jc took every sunday off. but unfortunately, i don't have that luxury, but i'll be saying my prayers on sunday. >> how much sleep per night will you be getting? >> it will be good. i'll get around eight to ten hours sleep. at the moment, i survive on four hours sleep. but i'll just be a machine. i'll get up in the morning, i'll run, i'll eat, i'll eat, drink, sleep. run. that's it. >> okay. those two marathons a day, what is your time going to be like per marathon, and how much time in between each marathon? >> okay. the marathon will be back-to-back. immediately. so i will do 50 miles, in excess of 50 miles, 5 2 miles every day. so i'll get up in the morning and complete that through and then i'll rest at the end of the day. >> okay. and i am and so many people fascinated by what you're doing and how you're doing it, but why
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you're doing it in the first place. >> well, look, i was a member of parliament and sat in a cushy office, had so many people coming to me about aid, international aid, and you would talk about millions of billions of dollars, and these numbers were just -- they meant almost nothing to you. but then i had the opportunity to get out there and to see firsthand. i went to india, egypt, that pal and i saw what the red cross does worldwide in these communities. and takes it, it's not just areas where there is poor sanitary conditions and lack of fresh drinking water. but as soon as there say hurricane or a flood or something like that, they need fresh drinking water. straightaway. so, you know, i saw this work firsthand. i lived and smelled in this. i lived in rubbish, i smelled the stench of those communities, and i wanted to do something about it. >> and your goal here is $100 million. that sounds awful liam bishs. >> well, the whole thing is awfully ambitious. but the bottom line, i'm going run from one end of the earth through to the other end of the earth, i think it deserves a
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decent target, and i need a substantial amount of money for the international red cross, so they can provide clean drinking water and fresh, sanitary conditions, to communities worldwide. >> you're one of the so-called ultra marathoners, i think you have run between new york and california a couple times before. but are you concerned that you might be pushing your limits a little bit here? >> well, i don't think anybody really knows what their limits are until they get there. and i've always said that. you know, i've been asked by journalists many, many times, when will you know when you've had enough? and i said when i drop. and i can't get back up again. >> well, we hope that doesn't happen. >> well, so do i. but that's about good preparation, knowing your body very, very well. you know, i've been training for years for doing this. this is the accumulation, this is the sum of 20 years worth of distance running. >> and how old are you now? >> i'm 48. >> 48? well, you certainly have to be clearly in good shape. you're looking good this morning in the suit. i know you're going to get out of that, and this journey starts in a couple months. mr. farmer, we wreesappreciate
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time. good luck. don't drop out there, all right? >> i won't. >> all right, kiran. >> what an undertaking, scary just to think about doing that. amazing. ahead, gripped headlines for weeks, and now the spotlight is back on the 33 trapped chilean miners. a new book details what really happened underground, some of the shocking claims. also, storms on the west coast and some big changes in store for other parts of the country, including the northeast and the midwest. we're going to have rob along with the travel forecast after a quick break. it's 43 minutes after the hour.
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46 minutes past the hour. time to get you caught up on the top stories and the latest from egypt this morning. now asking the united states to freeze the assets of some former egyptian officials. the state department says that the request doesn't include ex president hosni mubarak by name, but that he is believed to have amassed a fortune worth billions, scattered around the world that he built up over his 30 years in power in egypt. the obama administration has a sales job to do now after unveiling the 2012 budget that was put out yesterday. today, that man you see there, the budget director, jacob lou, he is one of a number of white house officials trying to defend
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the $3.7 trillion spending plan. he will be testifying on the house committee today. republicans say the president's plan doesn't do enough to cut back on the deficit. the 33 trapped chilean miner, we watched the story unfold, the amazing rescue. there's a new book detailing a much different version. it's called "33." the book says they smuggled pot down and in some cases pornography to keep morale up. it also describes their brief contemplation of suicide and even cannibalism. shockingly, the writer claims the rescue video feed was dubbed at times with old footage to cover up perhaps embarrassing moments. 12 minutes at the top of the hour, our rob marciano keeping an eye on things in the weather center. do we have a particular problem area this morning? >> yeah, northwest -- actually, west coast continues to get hammered with storms. we want to show you some video coming to us from seattle. actually, a similar damage to what they saw over the weekend.
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they saw it yesterday with the high winds in through the valleys there. and in through the pugetent sound area. winds gusting over 50 miles per hour at times, and doing damage there. so saturated ground, which they have had a fair amount of rain the past few weeks, and the winds taking down that kind of -- those kind of trees can do some damage, that's for sure. this is a number of systems rolling into this area and more rain is on the way. our computer models are pumping out -- actually, over the next three to five days, we'll probably see 3 to 5 inches of rainfall, and a lot of this will be in the mountains, although that will be in the form of snow. we could see 1 to 3 feet of snow in the higher terrain of the cascades. portland, eugene, is where the heavy rainfall is, and gusty winds at times for some of the higher terrain. high wind advisories yesterday for the northeast, it will be blustery again today and muchel couper today than yesterday, by about 20 degrees in some cases.
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so a brief warmup and now snapped with ael cooldown. the warm-up will return fairly quickly tomorrow with this stuff trying to build its way towards the northeast. but a chilly day today. a lot of these spots that saw temperatures last week in the single numbers, even below zero, with a couple of feet of snow are seeing temperatures rebound really nicely. north little rock yesterday, 73 degrees for a record high temperature. they saw about 6 inches of snow yesterday, northwestern parts of the state saw 2 feet. salt lake city, montana, connecticut. so there are a number of areas that are trying to warm up. trying to get back into that spring fever. but mother nature keeps throwing down these pulses of cold air across the northeast. new york and boston u in a delay because of the wind. and those areas will be suspect throughout the day today. also, san francisco maybe a little bit of rain and wind will slow you down there. 60 degrees expected for a high temperature. 60 in atlanta, a good look day
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today. not as cool as new york. 34 degrees. hope you enjoyed yesterday. chiller today. so if you're dressing in the big apple or boston or philly or d.c., wear something a little bit warmer today than yesterday. you can shed the jacket i think tomorrow, and especially on thursday. t.j. and kiran, back up to you. >> people were so glad it wasn't freezing, they weren't wearing jackets yesterday, either. but the wind yesterday but the wind would have gotten you yesterday. it was pretty windy. thanks, rob. congresswoman gabrielle giffords, walking and talking and mouthing the lyrics to songs. we will get another update from our own dr. sanjay gupta. more people concerned about charlie sheen this morning after a strange interview he gave to dan patrick. you'll hear about it and we will talk about it with our own januajane velez-mitchell. s. your choice of entrees. and an appetizer or a dessert to share.
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ends soon, at red lobster.
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53 minutes past the hour. it's been over fich weeks since
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arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords was shot in the head and since then, her recovery from this near fatal brain injury has been nothing short of remarkable and these are in words of her doctors. this mork, more good news about her progress. joining us from atlanta is our neurosurgeon, dr. sanjay gupta. when you hear about this every day, it seems like she is leaps and bounds and her doctors have said that as well. what is the significance of being able to mouth the lyrics to songs and some of the other things we are hearing she is doing? >> first of all, the idea she has improved so quickly. we talked about this before but your overall end point how much you're going to recover in the long run is dependent how quickly you recover in the short run and why they are using this term remarkable. her ability to mouth words like to these songs that we're hearing, twinkle twinkle little star is significant for a cuoupe
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of reasons. she is drawing on her memory to some extent. not only the words to a song but the melody to a song as well which shows some degree of integrating all of these things together. her reception, her expression and now drawing on previous memory. so now you're starting to see more parts of the brain sort of working together. we also heard, a lot of people have been asking if you look at her now, she the left part of her head, the skull was removed as you remember during the operation initially. we are hearing by the end of this month that should be placed back as well and giving her back a normal shaped contour to her head. >> that is amazing as well. we are taking for granted all of the physical recovery in that there's so much risk while she's there of infection and everything else. is she going to physically look the same or at least similar? >> i think so. you know, right now, she probably does not and i think that is in part why we are not seeing any pictures of her.
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you usually have a concavity to the side of the head after someone has had this procedure done. it may sound ironic to some people putting that bone back is cosmetic procedure. she is fine otherwise but you want to wait until someone is ready to have another operation. they say by the end of this month, she should be ready. >> other questions about movement. there's a lot of talk how she could move on one side and not the other. i was reading some accounts where she is walking down the hallway doing squats. how much of this is assisted and how much is she really doing on her own? >> they say she is using a shopping cart like device something she can hang on as she is moving down the hallway. almost since the beginning, we heard when she started getting out of bed we heard she could bear weight on the left leg. the injury on the right side of the brain and controls the motor strength on the right side of the body. we haven't heard as much about the right arm but that physical therapy is a large part of the
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pretty intensive therapy she is getting now, six hours a day, including trying to really build up the strength in that side of the body. >> amazing. sanjay gupta giving us an update on how this is going and it sounds wonderful. thanks so much. >> you got it. top stories coming up after a quick break. about their aller, and what it lets them do. i love that because of zyrtec®, we can all stay together as a family. [ male announcer ] we bet you'll love zyrtec®, too -- or it's free. he really has a very special relationship with his cat. ♪ achievement: loves working capital. ♪ achievement: puts receivables to work. ♪ achievement: expects a lot of itself. cfo: cash flow options, helping business achievers better manage their cash flow. pnc. for the achiever in us all.
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good morning to you all on this day after valentine's day. hope you had a good one. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm kiran chetry. video has a lot of people talking this morning concerns about charlie sheen after he called into a radio program and
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maybe gave a little bit too much information and on "the dan patrick" radio show and talking about a pep talk he gave to the ucla baseball team. listen to what he said. >> i said stay away from the crack, which i think is pretty good advice unless you can manage it socially, dan. if you can manage it socially, go for it but not a lot of people can. >> did you think you could? >> did -- sorry? >> did you think you could? >> yeah, yeah. but that kind of blew up in my face like exploding crack pipe, dan. sorry. >> some might chuckle at that but a lot of people taking that quite seriously. this is a man with a problem here. his entire show "two and a half men" popular show on hiatus now but he says he is ready to get back to work. >> you want to go back to work? >> oh, yeah. i am a man of my word. i have a contract. they said get your act together and i did. i just think maybe it was a
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timing thing. they didn't think it was going to happen this fast. it's like i heal really quickly but i also unravel pretty quickly so get me right now, guys! >> sanjay, let me go ahead and bring you in. dr. sanjay gupta is joining us now. are you hearing a man that maybe accepts and making light of his problems, or a guy seems to be in denial and a little off? >> well, you know, it's interesting. i think there is a few different things going on here. obviously, when you talk about addiction overall you're talking about a very serious problem. 23 million people in this country alone have it. you know, sort of thinking on what exactly is happening in a situation like this. people think is this just simply a lack of willpower, some sort of moral problem, or is this more a disease of the brain and you see some of the manifestations of this. when i say disease of the brain, many people are pointing to three specific areas that they think about and when you hear
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something like what is happening with charlie sheen. for example, let me just show you quickly here. some of this is important but when you look at the front of the brain here, you talk about the frontal lobes. this area here is responsible for your judgment. someone who is having these sorts of problems temporarily has some impairment in this area. this area is responsible for your area to handle stress is closer to the center of the brain. some people can't handle the stresses of daily life without some sort of substance, at least that's what they think and that is the sort of damage in those areas. an area of the brain called nucleus acumbans. this is the area of the brain responsible for rewards. how much of a reward do you get from taking substances? for some people, not much of a reward at all and for other people an intense reward they can't live without it. we did a whole documentary on addiction and this is sort of where a lot of the current medical thinking is when you hear a situation like this. >> the other thing, too, is just hearing him talk like this.
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like the show, he was taking ton cedars-sinai at the end of january with severe abdominal pains and reports there was a lot going on there. and that drugs were involved. the next day, he did voluntarily enter rehab and cbs had to say the show is on hiatus and now making light of it and asked in the radio show are you sober, he said, right now, but he said i'm not into aa. is there any way to be somebody who suffered with addiction as much as he has not go cold turkey off of drugs and alcohol? is that possible? >> a great question. even people who treat these type of addictions. interesting he said i will not use the term sober and not go to aa. he is sort of saying he is refusing a particular type of rehab which is quite common and popular in this country. there are other things that, again, scientists are sort of pointing toward based on what i was just telling you about the brain. this idea you can change the brain so the reward, for
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example, is not as intense when you take a substance. you're not getting that euphoric high and, as a result, people crave it less. also your ability to modulate stress. he calls it boredom and other people say it's the stress of life. whatever it may be, you can deal with that more easily without requiring a substance. there are medications which people talk about. now trexon is widely written about right now and studied. this is a device of question you're asking, each in the addiction community. >> we appreciate you, sanjay, and more concerns about the health of charlie sheen. >> or is he speaking about this more in a few minutes coming up with jane velez-mitchell who co-wrote the book "addict nation." the prime minister in italy berlusconi will stand charge being charged with having sex with underaged prostitute.
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the criminal trial expected around april 6th. berlusconi has denied the charges saying this case is politically motivated. house republican leaders regrouped and voted to extend the three key provisions of the patriot act that would have been expiring at the end of this month and failed in their first attempt last week. extends the government's broad surveillance powers in certify ritual cases until december. the senate needs to approve the provisions before they expire. it's time to sell it it. that budget that the white house put out yesterday, they are about to try to sell it to members of congress. the president put out that 2012 budget. the health and human services secretary and all will be on capitol hill trying to convince lawmakers that this is the way to go. meanwhile, republicans already have come out and criticized the bill saying it doesn't go far enough to cut deficits. >> we, the flyers. today, california congressman
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mike thompson the passenger bill of rights including a three-hour rule and limiting how long a plane can sit on the tarmac with passengers aboard before they have to let passengers off. the government started fining for those delays back in april. travel analysts say some canceled flights to avoid the potential for fines. we have landed on mars. six male astronauts have been training. look at this mission here. this is not a real mission. they are not really on their ways to mars but this is a 500-day mission in moscow. this is meant to test human beings in severely cramped quarters. they are monitored for psychological and physical process and trying to figure out if humans can handle a trip to mars. yesterday as part of this trip, they landed, if you will, on mars. they had a simulated mars surface walk and the next tough part of the journey is get back into the capsule and make the
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simulated journey home. but altogether this is an eight-month simulated mars mission. >> there's no way. no way for 500 days i could be cramped. that is a whole skill or whatever you want to call it in itself. forget all of the other things that go into being an astronaut. >> i think six of them. rob marciano in the extreme weather center. i know you visited the facilities and they spin you around and the whole captivity thing would make me go crazy. >> it brings cabin fever to another level and three times the size of a lot of manhattan apartments. speaking of manhattan, you're cooler today than yesterday. if you go out the door saying i don't need the winter coat yesterday because yesterday was fabulous, it's going to be a different ball game. windy and chilly. the warm air centered across the center of the country and book ended by a couple of spots that have stormy weather, including the west coast which is going to usher in more wind and rain
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across the pacific northwest. could see several inches of rainfall the next several days and that will translate into heavy mountain snow. here are the temperatures. current temperatures 26 degrees in new york. even dropping over the past couple of hours. 2 in northern vermont. parts of northern vermont saw record high temperatures and been that kind of week. 12 degrees currently in buffalo. 20 degrees in pittsburgh. we are expecting delays at the airports. some of these have already happened. boston and "the new york times" metro because of the wind. blustery at times. atlanta and charlotte will see delays as well. a little bit of snow and wind in chicago. 40 degrees for the high temperature there. look at the central part of the country. 72 degrees in dallas. little rock hit 72 degrees yesterday and was just a week ago where little rock had half a foot of snow on the ground. how quickly things change. by the way, the high temperature just above the freezing mark in new york today. you will get much warmer than
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that again tomorrow. getting to the time of year, mother nature doesn't know what to do and make up her mind. sun is stronger and higher in the sky so we get this kind of action. em brace it or plan your trip to mars. t.j.? kiran, back up to you. >> rob, wait a minute. rob, don't go anywhere. rob and i are both big sports fans. it's almost the bible for "sports illustrated" fans. it's an important issue. one of the most important of the year. >> what sport are they playing in this issue? >> this is bikini sport. right? everybody knows. every fellow over in the studio now has just made his way over to a monitor because they know what is coming up here. >> they are backing up to take a shot of it so their wives don't see. >> it's this issue that gets you through this cold part of winter after the super bowl. after valentine's day! what else do you have to look forward to? >> let's do this now. we will unveil the cover girl for "sports illustrated."
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it was actually announced by david letterman last night. check it out. >> one of these women will be represented on the giant billboard and then also we'll have the winner on the show tomorrow. >> that's great. yeah. terrif terrific. >> i can't do it! i'm sorry. i can't. let's go back. >> all right. >> all right. drop the deal! here we go! ♪ >> that was russian beauty ireneashayk. is that really her name? >> it actually is. she is actually soccer star
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christiane that rah renaldo's girlfriend. top things about appearing in the isi swimsuit edition and she read number six. take a look. >> number six. >> when police officer ask me for i.d., i say check page 47. >> that's pretty good. she said they asked her for her i.d., she says just look at page number 47. that works as her i.d. rob, again, as a subscriber to "sports illustrated," how does the cover stack up? >> i wish you could hear her voice on the cover. that adds a whole new dimension to it, doesn't it? >> sure does. >> god bless her and god bless "sports illustrated" and god bless america quite frankly, and
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russia. >> got bless a couple of other things but i can't say. they risk their lives to disarm a shop-lifter and got fired for. walmart employees are scratching their heads saying we saved lives and avoided a much worse situation and wonder why they are out of a job today. also this morning, tiger woods has been fined for what one commentator said is one of the most disgusting things you will ever see on a golf course. we have got the video of it and we'll explain. 12 minutes past the hour.
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♪ welcome back. we're just a quarter past the top of the hour here. tiger woods has been fined now for spitting. he spit on the green in the final round of dubai desert classic on sunday. this is on the 12th green. you will see it happen here. that was a high powered lugy you saw there. the european tour says this is a breach of tour code of conduct. one commentator even said, i'm quoting here, one of the ugliest things you will ever see on a golf course. tiger woods after the sex scandal said he would be more respectful of the game of golf. he is known for losing a lot of profanity after bad shots and he would be a lot more respectful
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and many criticizing. the euro tour was right and it was inconsiderate to spit like that and i know better and just wasn't thinking and i want to say i'm sorry. north of salt lake city a shop-lifter wra arrested and employees held him until the police could arrive. walmart a week later violated all four saying they violated company policy. laurie got the gun away from the suspect and they are both joining us from salt lake city. thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >> shawn, let me ask you about what was going on here. i know you guys are both security guards at the store. you're on duty and see the suspect unwraps a netbook computer and puts it underneath his clothing and heads for the door. what did you guys do? >> we stopped him at the door and asked him to follow us to our office which is just inside
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the grocery doors, and asked him to return all merchandise to us. he pulled it out from underneath his clothing and put it on the desk and backed up and acted like he was going to sit down and then said he needed to leave and we said, no, it's all right, just hang tight, we're going to sit here. he goes i have something to get rid of. we assumed it was drug paraphernalia. he reached into the small of his back and pulls out a gun and cocks the hammer back and charges at the three of us. >> he came at you? >> we were standing between he and the door. it was only 20 seconds to get in and close the door so we hadn't had enough time to sit down before he came at us. >> lori, you wrestled the gun away from him. how did this happen? >> one of the other security guards justin richmond was able
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to see the gun. i was able to reach up and pull the gun away from him and secure it in the back corner of an office of a drawer so it was no longer an issue. >> this just sounds amazing. you guys were able to calling 911 so you kept him there until police arrived. what was he like? what was his entire demeanor like at this time? >> at first, he was fighting pretty hard. me and justin grabbed him by one of each of his arms and once he realized he wasn't going anywhere, he calmed down but once the sirens started coming he struggled a little bit again but we stood there until the police arrived and they took him into custody. >> lori, you thought you might get in trouble for this, right? you thought you might get some sort of disciplinary action from walmart. why wouldn't you assume we will be hailed a hero and who knows what would have happened if we hadn't gotten the gun away from the guy? >> being with the company a long time i knew that policy
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violations resulted in discipliner actions. i was surprised by the decision to terminate but i knew there would be some type of disciplinary action. >> what do you think they wanted you to do, sean? they were not happy with how the situation turned out. >> the policy states whenever a weapon is produced, you're supposed to withdraw, throw your hands up and let the situation go. when the gun came out, we did throw our hands up but we were all backed against the door and we just stood there and he fought his way through us until he got to the door. once he had the opportunity to leave all he had to do is let go of the gun and open the door. instead he grabbed gain and said don't make me do this, i don't want to hurt anybody but he didn't leave. we had followed the policy up until there but we didn't have an option to protect ourselves and protect gabe and that is when we acted so i don't know of any other way. >> walmart said -- they contacted us and said we appreciate the intentions
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demonstrated by our associates. what do you think when you hear that, lori? >> i kind of am shocked a little bit because our actions kept everybody safe. right outside our office is the main entrance where there is hundreds of civilian people who have no self-defense training, no defense mechanisms. they would have been pretty much sitting ducks, in my opinion and they wouldn't know what was coming at them. yet, walmart's opinion we should have let him, knowing he had a gun into the vestibule of all of those citizens. >> we understand you guys have tried to talk to them about getting your job back. that has not happened at this point. thanks so much for coming on and telling your story. boy, what a day at work and i'm sorry that it ended up in you guys losing your jobs. thank you both for joining us. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> t.j.
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♪ one of my favorite songs of all time, by the way. it's the battle of the minds. the battle of the times. two "jeopardy" champs facing off. one is a new ibm computer, a machine, and two of them are former champs. >> the computer is doing pretty well right now. jason carroll with this story. love this. >> fill folks in on what is going on here. ibm fed watson the name of the computer more than 200 million pages of data and they taught it strategy as well. now they think watson is ready to take on "jeopardy" best.
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you have the challenger ibm watson and ten refrigerator sized rack of ibm computer servers and in the other corner ken jennings holdest of the longest winning streak, 74 games and brad rutter, undefeated champion and the show's biggest money winner. last night, the three men -- corre correction, two men and one computer squared off in three nights of competition. how did it come out? take a look. >> a split personality. >> who is michael phelps. >> event horizon. >> the last judgment. >> ken? >> what are the 20s. >> no. >> watson? >> what is 1920s. >> no, ken said that. >> brad? >> what is 19teens. >> what is sauron. >> that is right and puts you in
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a tie with the lead with brad. >> not bad. we spoke to ken jennings and watson's lead researcher what it's tlik to face off against a computer like watson. >> you can't psych that guy out. >> no, you can't. >> it's never going to get cocky or stage fright and it's like the terminator, it keeps coming. >> can the creator beat what was created? >> absolutely not. i'm one of the worst "jeopardy" players on the face of the planet. not good at it at all. >> you did put it to the test to see what it was like to go against watson? >> sure did. you can take a look and see how well i did. i use that term "well" loosely. >> our contestants are jason from cnn and watson from ibm. >> i'll take those animals frighten me for 400. >> >> what is reptile. >> what is baghdad. >> correct. >> watson?
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what is birmingham. >> yes. >> watson? >> what is buffalo. >> buffalo, yes. >> well, you ran that category, watson. i have no idea! >> question mark was not what we were looking for. >> how much did you wager, watson? $26,599! bringing you up to just a dollar short of $60,000! >> i want you to know i did know a lot of these answers but i couldn't -- >> the buzzer is hard. >> i couldn't figure out how to buzz in. >> that's humbling. that was a slaughter. >> you looked so defeated. >> absolutely slaughter. the researchers there were really good and helped me out. they want to think watson is more like the computer on board the "enterprise." think of it that way. >> he likes sci-fi. >> we will see what happens. you say he's in the lead? >> he is tied right now 5,000 and so we will see tonight and
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again tomorrow night is the finale. >> thanks. pretty big day happening at the white house. a baseball star, a poet and the president receiving the highest civilian honor in this country. later, charlie sheen opening up about crack cocaine but he is not the only one with a problem. we will speak with jane velez-mitchell how america has a problem with addiction and doesn't necessarily matter what you're addicted to. she explains coming up.
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♪ slow ride >> the bottom of the hour here on this "american morning." we are "minding your business" now. after use of concession gm, bonuses of at least $4,000 to employees. that is the largest bonus the automaker has ever paid to some of its factory workers and it says it's an example of how we are sharing in the success of the new gm but some are saying it's not time to share anything right now because gm received a
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bailout of some $50 billion from the u.s. government and the u.s. government owns about a third of gm. the nephew of the dolly lala was struck by a car and killed. he was tag in a 300-mile walk for tibet when he was hit by an suv along the highway. he was walking to raise awareness of the tibetan struggle for independence from china. a judge says the italian prime minister must stand trial. he is accused of abusing power. the judge has fast-tracked this case. a criminal trial is scheduled to begin april 6th. shouting for the execution of opposition leaders. reaction to uprising on the streets one inspired by the successful revolution in egypt.
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there are reports that at least one person was killed. turn to our kate bolduan over at the white house. expecting to hear from the budget folks about the president's budget today trying to defend it but also we will be hearing from the president as well today? why? >> yeah. we just got some guidance from the white house that the president will be holding a press conference here at 11:00 here at the white house. you can assume with the budget coming out yesterday, the president is probably going to be speaking about that as well as at a press conference. he can take questions on many other topics. the last time he president held an extended press conference more than a couple of questions was back in late december so this will be a welcomed opportunity for many reporters to speak directly with the president and get answers from him. the budget being a very big topic today. >> you can imagine. we are expecting the big ceremony to take place at the
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white house was for the medal of freedom and certainly some names on that list that a lot of people will recognize. >> reporter: definitely. quite a few names on the list. this is the medal of freedom. the highest civilian honor that someone can receive. it's presented according to the white house it's presented to people who have made exceptional contributions in the areas of security or in the national interest of the country, as well as to world peace or other culture and other endeavors and no surprise probably to you or to anyone that this year's 15th recipients have quite an amazing list of accomplishments between them. some of these people include the 41st president george h.w. bush and warren buffett and maya angelou. the white house is announcing in the resip yens it is
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philanthropic efforts and he has pledged to give away 99% of his network to charity which is a pretty amazing thing. world renowned celloist and of the nba bill russell. he was the first african-american coach of the nba and also since become a very impassioned advocate for human rights. i think we have a little graphic of some of what the president said when announcing the honorees. he noted they come from a broad range of backgrounds but he says all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and have made our country and our world a better place. so that will be a ceremony that will happen later today and it will be very interesting and quite an honor to receive one of these awards. >> yeah. and quite a diverse group as well. >> absolutely. >> we look forward to that and the press conference as well. kate, thanks so much. >> reporter: of course. can you live without the internet and live without your blackberry and iphone, a good
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cheeseburger? >> of course, you xp you don't want to, but of course, you can. >> jane velez-mitchell joins us. she says we are a nation of addicts. pick your poison. is it time for an intervention? we will also get her take on that odd radio interview that charlie sheen gave yesterday. 35 minutes past the hour. we will be right back. ♪
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37 minutes past the hour right now. charlie sheen is certainly not holding back and recently hospitalized after a reported night of partying with porn stars. yesterday on "the taken patrick radio show" he says he is clean and doing it on his own. he called into the show. >> how long have you been sober? >> i don't use sober any more. i don't believe in aa. i don't believe. in that. it's off and on. i was sober five years ago and bored out of my tree and decided this isn't who i am. i didn't drink for 12 years. that first one, dan, wow! >> joining us is jane velez-mitchell co-author of "addict nation." i know you've been very open about your own struggles with addiction and trying to beat it. does this sound like somebody on the road to sobriety? >> no, this is a train wreck waiting to go off the rails big-time. this guy is a total mess.
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he is even talking this interview about doing crack socially and how you can do crack socially and implies he feels he has done crack socially. we know that crack is an addiction on steroids so it's very, very frightening but it's a good thing. the one thing about charlie sheen, he is not hiding the addict mentality and laid it out there for all of us to see. it's about defiance and denial and most of all it's about entitlement. if i want it, i have a right to it. i don't care what wreckage i create. i don't care how many people lose their jobs. i don't care how many hotel rooms i trash. and in a way he is a metaphor for america because in my book, i call an intervention for america, i'm saying basically we are all acting like this in a different way with different drugs. >> if you had five minutes with him and you feel like you could try to do some convincing, what would be, you know, for him what is the upside of throwing all of this away and trying to get sober? >> well, he said when he wasn't drinking, he was bored out of
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his tree. the fact is that when you're doing things like crack or hard drugs, you really have numbed yourself to the point that any other pleasure doesn't even register. a walk on the beach or the sunset that doesn't register because you've numbed yourself. i would say to charlie sheen and to america, stop numbing youself with all of these addictive substances and allow them to leave your body and then restore yourself for example for food. we are so addicted to fast food we can't taste a piece of fruit and know what it takes like. i say get rid of that stuff and surrender the fact you're perilous to it and let it go and eventually fruit will taste like something to your palette. >> it is scary to think about it. he talked about the show being on hiatus. you mentioned how many people could lose their job. after he was briefly hospitalized the end of last month the show went on hiatus. this is what he said when he was asked about whether or not he is able to go back to work. >> do you want to go back to work? >> oh, yeah.
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i'm a man of my word. i have a crack. they said get your act together and i did and now they just -- i don't know. i think maybe it was a timing thing. they didn't think it was going to happen this fast. check it. it's like i heal really quickly but i also unravel pretty quickly, so get me right now, guys! get me right now! >> he is white knuckling. he is saying i'm clean right now but i can't maintain this sobriety if you want to call it that. i can't maintain this not using so let me do my lines now while i'm still coherent so i can go out and party because i can't hang on to what i'm doing much longer. this is just classic addict thinking. it really is only a matter of time. all it takes it one car accident, kiran, for his world to crumble. so he thinks he is not feeling the wreckage because he is so wealthy and not hit him like he is thrown out of his house but something bad will happen. >> are different people more predisposed to addiction? do you think he was predisposed
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to addiction? >> i was predisposed because my dad was an click aalcoholic and him drinking when i was little. this is the first time in the history of humanity we are bombarded with thousands of ads every day tell us if we eat this, drive this, if we wear this and if we consume this and that we will become better people and become complete and happier. the fact is it's a lie. there is not one material thing you can purchase or use that is going to alter your inner state. happiness is an inside job. what is happening in this country we think our consumption and materialism are the answer but it's the problem because materialism is the antithesis of spirituality which is the basic of happiness and destroying like crazy and destroying the planet in the process. we are using almost 30% of the world's resources creating all this wreckage kind of like charlie sheen and, yet, it's not
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making us happier. so we've got to find another way. that's why i call my book "addict nation an intervention for america," because america needs a wake-up call. we cannot continue behaving this way. >> you say it's not just drugs and alcohol. a ton of other things. you're very worried about the use of the -- of -- gaming and gambling. >> sure. the internet is supersizing all of our addictions because in the old days you'd have to go actually to somebody's place of business. >> a shame factor. it's easier now. >> now the porn and gambling 24/7, 365 on the internet. >> you call it a blueprint so if somebody out there thinks i can learn a few lessons, check it out. jane velez-mitchell, great to see you. >> thanks for having me on. appreciate it. >> we're about 43 minutes past of the hour. a quick break and rob marciano up next. a winter thaw finally to tell you about! ♪
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♪ good morning. new york city. we're quarter of the top of the hour here on this "american morning." ah. maybe not needing the gloves today in new york. that's a big deal, i suppose. it will be around 34 and a bit
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windy but better than what it has been in many parts of the state. >> the winds are changed and blowing in warm weather, thank goodness. rob marciano is keeping track of that. >> you took a couple of steps back today in the chilly stuff after a brief warm-up yesterday. this air mass has been building. the sun this time of year, middle of february. a little higher in the sky and a little stronger so it does heat things up quite a bit. areas that got snow are on the melt right now. the northwest heavy snow and rain and wind. a couple of strong systems rolling through this area. we had damaging winds yesterday again across western washington and high wind warnings posted for the cascades and sierras and heavy rain across northern california and could see 2 to 5 inches of rainfall the next three to five days and a lot of that is heavy snow in the mountains. win one to three feet of snow there. 23 in boston right now and 26 in
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new york and temperatures have cooled down so much chillier today than yesterday. so don't be fooled by that and dress correspondingly. 11 for a current temperature in albany and 30 in philadelphia. we will see temperatures rebound i think more so tomorrow than today. we do have delays right now in philly and at laguardia because of wind. so be aware of that if you are traveling. d.c. metros and the new york metros will have issues, too. and san francisco will see a bit of rain and that will do it as well. the warmth across the midsection make its way toward the northeast around tomorrow and especially on thursday. dallas, high today around 70. that's a quick check on weather. "american morning" is coming right back.
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one of our phil shots. he likes to get himself in there every morning. on sunday nascar's biggest event of the year is held at daytona international speedway.
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>> some people who follow nascar their super bowl is on day one. you love it it. one driver attempting a comeback but he is doing it after a life-threatening illness but his career into jeopardy. our dr. sanjay gupta is live with us from the cnn center with this story. how bad off was this guy? >> he was pretty sick. i'm surprised, t.j., you don't like nascar. i thought you were a lover of all sports. >> i do love nascar. >> i thought there was a sill sarcasm. >> no. >> we did a documentary about nascar documents a few years ago and is this a sport, how physically challenging is it. this is a young driver who was really the sort of the beginning of his professional career and he started to develop these medical problems where he developed blood clots in his legs and they started to travel around his body. here is what we found out. brian vickers fell in love with racing at the age of 8. by age 20, vickers had driven
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his way into the record books. not only becoming the youngest nationwide series champion in nascar history but also starting in the super bowl of stock car racing, the daytona 500 but a mere six years later, vickers' racing career came to an abrupt halt. >> i was having tingling and numbness and then short of breath. >> reporter: suddenly, the 26-year-old was in the race of his life. >> i had a clot into my left leg and pulmonary embolism. >> a vein in the perfect area is compressed increasing the risk of blood clots. a battery of tests found a hole in his heart. it was the perfect storm. a hole in his heart and the cramped quarters of his race car for hours on end. his health was at stake. and so was his career. >> there were times that came
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along where it didn't look too good. didn't look like i was ever going to race again. >> reporter: vickers had heart surgery and he was put on blood thinners. >> welcome back, man. >> reporter: now eight months later, he is clot-free. there is a stent keeping his vein open. he said he made one of his difficult decisions in his life to get back in the car. >> we see the 83 back out there, brian vickers. glad to have him back. >> reporter: back on the track, he's about to race in his eighth daytona 500. >> you can't give up. you just got to keep digging and you got to find your own path. >> reporter: he will be out there racing in another race. quite a bit he has been through and that he has overcome. clotting issues, obviously, it can be a significant issue. he is more at risk because of the sort of lifestyle that he leads. but this is part of a new awareness campaign for him as well. >> is he in the clear for good.
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>> reporter: he has to be on the blood thinner medications. that will keep the clots from forming. there are some potential risks to these medications including if he gets in some sort of accident or something like that he would be more likely to bleed. also just being in a car. when di that documentary, i got in the car myself just to see what that was like racing around for some time. you guys are going to make fun of this i have a feeling right now. you get in the car and you spin around for a long time. i did it a few laps. you do it 500 laps and you increase your likelihood of developing these blood clots as well. >> you're seated in that same position and you're sweating and it's hot and loud. >> you're dehydrated. >> you're trying to keep this car straight. it's challenging. that is unbelievable. good for him. >> we weren't going to make fun of you. you look like you knew what you were doing there. >> i'm surprised the cameras could keep up with me as fast as i was going. >> thanks, sanjay. >> close to the top of the hour. a quick break. [ male announcer ] 95% of all americans
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all right. this sounds like good news. somebody is hiring. christine romans is here. who and how many jobs? >> home depot, 60,000 temporary jobs. home depot this morning saying spring is our christmas and they are hiring 60,000 seasonal employees to gear up for the
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biggest single season for them which is mid march to june. that is what they are looking for. 60,000 temporary implies aemplo. this is in all markets. according to a press release they are looking for 60,000 seasonal associates in all markets to train them up for this big selling season and pushing some sort of black friday spring black friday kinds of promotions and the like to get stuff out of the door. the economy is slowly improving. we have been telling you for months many companies are adding seasonal and permanent workers so they can gear up and gauge how well the demand is sticking but 60,000 temporary employees and probably no doubt the employees will be able to translate into full-time jobs. >> how temporary is temporary? >> it may be just the season, quite frankly, and might depend on how well the economy improves after that. but 60,000. they are saying they are temporary jobs but they are adding some permanent jobs as well. >> ama.
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